Awards for Indigenous students

About the awards

The UBC awards for Indigenous students include scholarships and bursaries. When a student applies for these awards, they are considered for both merit and need-based awards.

  • Scholarships are awards that recognize academic, community, or athletic achievement.
  • Bursaries are based on financial need. Student awards based solely on financial need are not indicated on a student's transcript.

You can find a full list of how UBC defines different types of awards in the Academic Calendar. There are also external scholarships and bursaries available for Indigenous students, listed below.

Read UBC Indigenous award descriptions

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for UBC Indigenous awards:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have refugee status.
  • You must be an Indigenous student. 
  • You must submit the application for intended Indigenous awards by the award program deadline.
  • You must be enrolled in a full-time course load studying on the Vancouver campus.
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in UBC’s Regulations Governing University Awards.
  • You must demonstrate financial need to be considered for any bursaries. 

Unclassified or qualifying students are not eligible for these awards. See the Academic Calendar information on the classification of students.

UBC uses the term "Indigenous" in lieu of "Aboriginal" as held in the spirit of its use in section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, to refer inclusively to members of First Nations, status and non-status, treaty and non-treaty Indians, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada, recognizing that many people prefer the terms that are specific and traditional to their communities.

Additional requirements

Some awards have additional requirements, which are listed in the application. You can also read the award descriptions before you start your application.

If you are eligible for bursaries, submit an application to the UBC Bursary Program by the deadline to be considered for UBC General Bursary at the same time. Application to the general bursary program at UBC is not required for Indigenous Awards consideration, but it’s helpful in determining your financial need.

How to apply

Application period

  • Applications open: August
  • Applications close: September

Before applying

There are detailed instructions on the application form, but please consider the following before you apply: 

  1. Make sure you meet all general and specific eligibility requirements for applicable awards.
  2. Complete the statements on your personal situation, financial need, and connection to any UBC Indigenous communities. Include any additional information for specific awards, as requested.
  3. If you are eligible for bursaries, apply for the UBC Bursary Program by the deadline to be considered for the UBC General bursary. Application to this program is not required to be eligible for UBC Indigenous Awards.

External scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous students

In addition to UBC awards, there are scholarships and bursaries available from non-profit organizations, private companies, and other award search portals. You will need to visit the specific award page for details, deadlines, and to apply.

Some awards may require a personal statement or a short essay describing why you are a suitable candidate. Many may be based on your financial need, academic merit, or both. See the list of awards below based on their application deadlines.

Other financial options

If you're a UBC Indigenous student, there are many additional ways for you to fund your education.

See the guide

If you need help

The Indigenous Student Support and Advising Team in Enrolment Services works closely with other teams on campus, including the following:

From the beginning of your UBC journey until graduation, Enrolment Services Advisors are here to make sure you get the support you need when you need it, helping you:

  • Create a financial plan
  • Understand the different funding options
  • Develop a scholarship or award application 

All undergraduate students have an assigned Enrolment Services Advisor for personalized advising. If you do not have an assigned advisor, you can email the Indigenous Advising Team ( for help.

Contacting the team